Petitioning is one way that individuals, community groups and organisations can participate in the democratic process. It allows you to raise issues of public concern with the Council. This helps councillors to decide on the areas that need change within the county or on a wider scale.
The Council welcomes petitions and recognises that they are one way in which people living in the county can let the Council know their concerns
Anyone who lives, works or studies in Cambridgeshire can submit a petition. There are no age restrictions.
We operate an online petitions system as the primary way of receiving petitions.
All petitions submitted to Cambridgeshire County Council are subject to the rules of procedure, set out in Part 4-1 (Council Procedure Rules) of the Council’s Constitution.
First, you will need to register with the petitions system on the website. You will be asked to include basic contact details and the system will send you an email for you to confirm your registration. You will then be able to log in and submit a petition.
Please be aware that your petition will not immediately appear on the website after submission.
You will receive an acknowledgement of your petition within three working days, while a decision is made as to whether the petition can be accepted or not, or whether further information is required from you. You will be informed of this decision within 10 working days. If the petition is accepted, it will then appear on the website and be available to be signed.
If you require assistance with this process, please email Democratic and Members’ Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01223 715619.
- Your name, postal or email address as the Petition Organiser. Only your name will appear publicly on the website.
- A clear and concise statement about what action the petition requests the Council to take, or to cease taking. Further details regarding the background to the petition should also be included.
- The name, postal address and email address of any person signing the petition, who should live, work or study in Cambridgeshire. Only the name of a person signing the petition will appear publicly on the website.
- The dates the petition is available to be signed. Petitions should not run for a period exceeding six months, although this period can be extended if there is a change to the circumstances relating to the subject of the petition.
Once the petition has been submitted to the Council, we will refer it to an appropriate council officer, committee or Councillor for consideration.
We will acknowledge that we have received your petition within three working days of receiving it.
Within 10 working days, of receipt we will write to you to explain how we will deal with your petition.